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Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

I have many conversations with producers over the course of a week about risk management and what levels they should be pricing their production. We always talk about supply, for which the USDA provides data. Then we speculate about demand, and it’s just that, speculation about how high prices can go before…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

The Risk Management Agency began tracking harvest prices on Oct 1, using the December Futures for corn and November Futures for soybeans. Right now, especially corn prices are down quite a bit from the $5.91 Spring base prices, so this could be one of those years that you may collect on a claim without having…

A Passion for Dairy

A Passion for Dairy

Anyone who farms knows success takes dedication with some good luck sprinkled in. That might be especially true when it comes to dairy farming. As a young dairy farmer in Hixton, Wisconsin, Matt…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

From the founding of our nation up to the 1950s, agriculture received a lot of political attention. A majority of the people were farmers and ample food was a top priority. Then, as agriculture’s…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

I would like to open by thanking our livestock staff for outstanding work through three quarters of the year. The last three years the COVID-19 issue has taken a toll on many businesses. Complications…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

The issues affecting marketing of both conventional and organic grain continue to revolve around weather and war. As I have written previously, these two factors have been the leading cause of…

Faith and Family

Faith and Family

The rolling hills of southwestern Indiana greets visitors to this faith-based family farming operation in Ferdinand. What was once a dairy farm has transitioned into a beef operation and custom harvesting business with Paul Steckler at the helm.

Federal Milk Marketing Order Reform

Federal Milk Marketing Order Reform

On May 31, National Farmers Organization submitted a letter of support to the Administrator of USDA AMS, addressing overhaul of the Federal Milk Marketing Orders.
National Farmers supports the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) comprehensive…

Dairy Action Plan

Dairy Action Plan

At National Farmers Convene ‘23 in Bettendorf March 8, the dairy division introduced their plan to level the playing field for America’s family dairy farms. The key word in the new title is action and that’s exactly what dairy staff have been focusing on. The two-part Dairy Action Plan focuses…

Farm Kids for College Scholarship

Farm Kids for College Scholarship

In 1935, the U.S. had 6.8 million farms. However, that number fell sharply until the early 70s. According to the USDA, since then the number has continued a slower, but steady, decline. The most recent survey from 2022 indicates there are 2 million farms, down from 2.2 million in 2007.

President’s Message

President’s Message

On June 1, National Farmers Organization officially began our business relationship with Middlebury Cooperative, enacting the agreement that was inked earlier this spring.
This joint venture involves approximately 62 dairy farms in southern New York and…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

You’ve heard me say this many times before—farms like yours are best for rural economies, best for the environment, and best for food security. In this column, I want to talk more about food security. Did you see the feature story on Dan Casler and his family in the last issue of our Magazine?

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

In early June, a major market jump saw cash cattle trade close to $190.00, but futures didn’t really keep pace. June ‘23 Live Cattle hit $180.25, an all time high.
On-feed numbers will likely continue to tighten and carcass weights are down, restricting…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

The world of grain production and marketing continues to experience extreme volatility. Let’s briefly examine some of the most prevalent challenges.

Sweet Success

Sweet Success

When you think of dairies, Michigan probably isn’t the state that comes to mind first. However, in 2020, Michigan ranked number one in the U.S. for pounds of milk produced per dairy cow annually — 26,875 pounds. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says milk production…

Convene ’23 Business

Convene ’23 Business

Normally, we feature the president’s message in this space. However, President Olson wanted to dedicate this page to important Convene ‘23 business that was held March 7-8 at the Isle Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. Olson thanks everyone who attended the organization’s annual farm-business…

Convene ’23 Commodity Reports

Convene ’23 Commodity Reports

Excited about current marketing opportunities for cattlemen and women, Paul Lampert, livestock marketing director, and Jeff Rose, cattle contract manager, addressed the National Farmers members gathered in Bettendorf, Iowa, on March 8, for Convene ‘23. The reduction in U.S. cattle…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

It was great to see so many of you at national convention. I had a chance to talk with some of you who remembered how we started as a protest organization.
Others I saw joined during the time we were the nation’s leader in collective bargaining for agriculture…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

We are right in the middle of a major market jump as I write this article. Cash cattle trading is at $177 and futures not really keeping pace.
April 2023 gapped higher and is at an all time high near $171. On-feed numbers will likely continue to…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

Our National Farmers convention was an incredibly rewarding experience this year. The opportunity to interact with old friends and to meet new friends was a real privilege and generated new enthusiasm and determination to accomplish our goals as members and producers. The grain marketing…

Livestock industry, cattle marketing conditions addressed

Livestock industry, cattle marketing conditions addressed

(Ames, Iowa) March 9, 2023 —Invigorated about current marketing opportunities for cattlemen, Pat Lampert, National Farmers Organization livestock marketing director said the reduction in cattle herd size has pushed markets higher than producers have seen in some time. The U.S. cattle inventory shows a four-year…

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